One of the great fallacies of American thinking is that human worth is constituted by a particular set of aptitudes which lead to economic advancement.  This is not true at all.  Two thirds of the people who make money are mediocre; at least one half of them are morally at a low level.  As a whole, they are vastly inferior to other types who are not animated by economic motives; I mean the artists, and teachers, and professional people who do work which they love for its own sake and earn about enough to get along on.  This habitual elevation of the type of ability that leads to economic advancement is on of the worst mistakes in your American thinking and needs to be unceasingly corrected by people who speak to the public.

– Alfred North Whitehead